Amy Kennedy

Artist Statement & CV

Across all facets of nature, many structures capture my attention. Externally breathtaking, fragile and intimate, spiralling surface movements lead my eye and imagination inwards towards contained and mysteriously hidden interior spaces. It is my fascination with such qualities that inspires my work. Fine, paper-thin sheets of glaze material are slowly built up in order to form compacted, intimate and tightly layered objects. Working with density, texture and movement, I use the flowing layers like the opening pages of a book or fluttering piles of fabric to create a windblown or whirlpool effect, leading to a hidden core.

Exhibitions

2010
Freedman Foundation Exhibition, COFA Space, Sydney
Clunes Ceramic Award, Finalist
Golden Earth, New Delhi, India

2009
Stirring, Skepsi On Swanston, Melbourne

2008
Freedman Foundation Exhibition, COFA Space
Gift of Rod Fyffe, Bendigo Regional Gallery

2006
Basement 17, RMIT Ceramics Graduate Exhibition, Skepsi On Swanston
Connect_5, 4Cats Gallery, Melbourne
Surface Connections, Manningham Gallery, Melbourne
Ceramics Victoria on Show, Gallery 159, Brisbane

2005
Formations, Solo Exhibition, 4Cats Gallery
Fresh! 2005, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Terra Firma, RMIT Ceramics Graduate Exhibition, Skepsi On Swanston
The City of Darebin La Trobe University Acquisitive Art Prize, Bundoora
Homestead, Melbourne

2004
Synchro, An Exhibition of Media, Design and Art, Gordon Gallery, Geelong
Melbourne Affordable Art Show, 4Cats Gallery Stand, Royal Exhibition Building
Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Customs Wharf Gallery, Williamstown
Chosen Vessel, Manningham Gallery
Cowra Festival Art Awards, Cowra Art Gallery
Fresh Clay: Fresh Glass, Fusions 2004 Graduate Award Exhibition, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane

2003
Fresh! 2003, Craft Victoria
Beneath The Surface, Box Hill Institute of TAFE Graduate Exhibition, 4Cats
Gallery

Awards

Clunes Ceramic Award Exhibition, Emerging Artist Award, 2010
Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, 2008
Jeremy Dillon Photography Award, Fresh at Craft Victoria, 2005
Walkers Ceramics Award for Excellence, RMIT Graduate Exhibition, 2005
Banyule/ La Trobe University 2004 Young Artist Award
Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art 3D Award, 2004

Collections

European Ceramic Work Centre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo
Box Hill TAFE, Melbourne
Private Collections

Education/ Residencies

2008 European Ceramic Art Centre, The Netherlands, 3 month residency
2006 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours, 1st Class, RMIT University
2004-2005 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) with Distinction, RMIT University
2002-2003 Diploma of Ceramics, Box Hill Institute of TAFE